The Great Lakes State offers mile after mile of shoreline to explore, from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to travel destinations such as Traverse City and Mackinaw Island. Make a trip to the Upper Peninsula for incredible outdoor experiences or map out a beer tour that hits some of the country’s most famous craft breweries. Head to Detroit for professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey as well as incredible museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in neighboring Dearborn.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon, Michigan (photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

Covering roughly 60,000 acres, this park in Ontonagon, Michigan, is not only the largest state park in Michigan, but also one of the largest in the Midwest. 

Henry Ford Museum Of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan (photo courtesy of destination)

Opened in 1929, this museum in Dearborn, Michigan, offers 523,000 square feet of artifacts and exhibits that tell a story of American ingenuity. 

Mount Bohemia in Mohawk, Michigan (photo courtesy of destination)

With 585 acres and a vertical drop of 900 feet, Mount Bohemia in Mohawk, Michigan, has the longest runs with the highest verticals in the Midwest.

Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures in McMillan, Michigan (photo courtesy of destination)

Head out on either 10-mile and 20-mile dogsledding journeys in this Upper Peninsula excursion experience in McMillan, Michigan.

Mt.  Tabor Trails in Baroda And Buchanan, Michigan (photo courtesy of Moersch hospitality group)

Grab a glass of wine and take a spirited hike that’s bound to bring a smile to your face on these trails in Baroda and Buchanan, Michigan.

The World’s Largest Mailbox in Casey, Illinois (photo courtesy of Casey Chamber of Commerce)

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, and these quirky, clever and insightful destinations explore inspiration in a variety of ways. 

Go bananas at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York, and visit over 500 birds at Pittsburgh’s National Aviary: the only independent, indoor zoo dedicated to birds in the nation.